The Two River Times™ is a 2013 sponsor of “Paint The Town Pink,” a breast cancer awareness initiative sponsored by Meridian Health System. By Tom PaolellaIf you knew a test could save your life, would you put it off?Mammograms are proven to save lives, yet many women put off getting their annual mammogram screening for a variety of reasons, such as simply not wanting to know the outcome, a hectic family schedule or financial challenges.New Jersey ranks among the top 10 states in the country for both incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer. Particularly at risk are the low-income, the working poor and uninsured women. Currently there are 586,300 uninsured women living in New Jersey.Paint the Town Pink committee members and volunteersgather for the First Annual Girls Night Out in 2008 at The Downtown in Red Bank in support of the Paint the Town Pink campaign. The Sixth Annual Girls Night Out is scheduled for May 9 this year.Seven years ago, a conversation took place at Riverview Medical Center about the growing percentage of women in Monmouth County, age 40 and older, who were not getting their annual mammogram. What started as an idea to educate women has grown into one of the most prevalent awareness campaigns in our area and has dramatically impacted the lives of thousands of community neighbors – cue Paint the Town Pink.In conjunction with the Jane H. Booker Women’s Center at Riverview, the mission behind the campaign is to educate local women about a very significant fact – that early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.In 2012, Paint the Town Pink grew to eight towns with the support of residents, businesses, town officials and volunteers. Each year, everyone comes together in May to show their support and spread the Pink message. For 2013, the campaign has expanded into a Meridian Health event, encompassing both Monmouth and Ocean counties and expanding into 23 towns, making the event the most represented to date.What began as an idea seven years ago has been transformed into a grassroots initiative that is changing lives in very tangible and meaningful ways.Paint the Town Pink 2013 runs from May 1-31.For more information about Paint the Town Pink visit www.PainttheTownPink. com and be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of events and activities.
Bongani Nkosi Ernest Maduna was all smiles after buying his tickets for the 2010 Fifa World Cup matches. Youssef Moola spent a night at a queue at Maponya Mall for the tickets. Charmaine Brown (left) and fellow Bafana Bafana supporters were also in the queue for tickets. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fifa Delia Fischer Media Officer +27 11 567 2010 +27 11 567 2524 +27 83 201 0470 email@example.com • Local Organising Committee Jermaine Craig Media Manager +27 11 567 2010 +27 83 201 0121 firstname.lastname@example.org RELATED ARTICLES • World Cup ticket sales simplified • Soccer Cinema to inspire SA • SA starts the 2010 countdown • World Cup ticket sales soar • World Cup fever spreads abroad • Interpol: a safe World Cup • Top 32 for 2010 Fifa World Cup Ernest Maduna, in his early 20s, spent the night outside Maponya Mall in Soweto, just to be part of history – to be in the stadium at 2010 Fifa World Cup matches in his home country.From Carltonville, about 75km west of Johannesburg’s city centre, Maduna knew scores of football fans from Johannesburg and beyond would descend on the mall, home to one of the Fifa Ticketing centres, when over-the counter sales opened at 9am on 15 April. So he decided to get there the day before, to beat the queues.“I came here yesterday,” he said, three tickets clutched in his hand. “I slept out in the cold.”The 11 Fifa Ticketing centres, in the nine host cities, make it easier for fans to get their hands on tickets, as they can be bought directly over the counter instead of via complicated application forms. The 600 First National Bank (FNB) branches used for applications are also open.The Fifa centres, as well as Shoprite and Checkers retail stores, are also collection points for tickets purchased from FNB, the Fifa call centre and on the Fifa website.Maduna had wanted tickets for a Bafana Bafana match, but settled for three for the Ghana versus Germany game, a Group D match to be played at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 23 June.“I wanted tickets for Bafana Bafana. But they got sold out,” he said. But that didn’t dampen his spirits. Approached by an international journalist, he flourished his tickets and said: “I am happy. This is what I came here for.”Maduna got his tickets just after noon, an indication of the scores of people who also spent the night in the queue, ahead of him.“When I arrived here at 6am there were already about 400 people waiting for us to open,” said Richard Lalla, a Maponya Mall ticketing centre manager.Enjoying the tournament with friendsYoussef Moola, a medical student at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), also spent the night in the queue, arriving at 5pm the previous day. His friends, Saad Khan and Abdullah Ismail, joined him later.Between them they bought more than 50 tickets between the three of them. Mohammed Manga, another friend and also a medical student at Wits, said the tickets would be distributed among the group of friends and family members.They were able to get 10 tickets for the final match, to be played in Soccer City on 11 July. “It was a long wait, but it’s worth it,” said Moola.Manga didn’t spare praise for Moola’s overnight vigil. “He made history,” he said. “He’s the main man, the mastermind behind the plan to get tickets.”For Manga, and the thousands of other South Africans snapping up tickets, it’s all about supporting a spectacle to be played in Africa for the first time since its inception in 1930. “It’s coming to my country,” Manga said. “I have to support it; I have to be there.”‘It’s closer to home’Charlotte Brown, from Soweto’s Eldorado Park township, brought a camping chair to the snaking queue. With a large South African flag draped over her shoulders, she moved her chair bit by bit as the queue slowly proceeded.She knew tickets would be sold out for the matches she really wanted, for the opening match between South Africa and Mexico on 11 June, or any Bafana group match. So Brown went for tickets to Brazil versus Côte d’Ivoire, a Group G match on 6 June in Soccer City. The match, she said, was “my son’s favourite”.Brown, who was hoping to get about 20 tickets, said she was only buying tickets for matches to be played in Johannesburg’s Ellis Park and Soccer City stadiums. “The stadiums are convenient, they are closer to us.”‘The turnout was brilliant’All the ticket centres and FNB branches across the country had massive turnout. The country was abuzz with news of scores of people queuing up for tickets as from the evening of 14 April.About 53 000 tickets were sold countrywide within eight hours of the first day. A total of 23 matches, including the opening game, the final and the two semi-finals are sold out, said Fifa.“[The turnout] was absolutely brilliant,” said Lalla, the ticketing centre manager.The huge volume of ticket sales eventually crashed FNB’s computer system, but service was restored by about 2.50pm. The bank, which operates between 9am and 4pm, extended its working hours to 5pm.“Ninety per cent of the ticket requests were done at the 600 FNB branches and we appreciate their work and cooperation even when under enormous pressure,” Horst R Schmidt, chair of the Fifa Ticketing Sub-Committee, said in a statement.Ticketing centres and all the other sales channels will be open throughout the tournament.
22 May 2013 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant wants to engage with South Africa’s labour movement on what she describes as the adversarial nature of industrial relations in the country, and the threat this poses to the system of collective bargaining. Delivering her department’s budget vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Oliphant said that ructions in South Africa’s mining industry, especially in the platinum belt, had changed the collective bargaining framework, while causing a considerable dent in the economy, the effects of which would be felt well into the future. She said that talks on the character of a new and centralised bargaining arrangement in the platinum sector were continuing. She announced that the department would hold a labour relations indaba to discuss the changes in the nature of collective bargaining in the country. It would be an opportunity to engage stakeholders and roleplayers in a conversation on the future of collective bargaining and social dialogue. “We want to generate greater interests and concerns of social partners in respect of labour relations conflict, and identify measures to strengthen labour relations and dialogue in order to achieve labour marker stability and peace,” Oliphant said. In addition to the mining labour problems, strikes in the road freight sector and protest action by Western Cape farmworkers reminded South Africa of just how important the “responsible exercise of labour relations to the country and the economy” was, she said. The department would continue to protect vulnerable workers by using sectoral determinations, which she said remained one of the most effective tools for this purpose. These determinations regulate the minimum wage that workers can earn in any given industry. In the past year, the department had amended and reviewed the determinations in the hospitality, contract cleaning, taxi, private security, civil engineering, retail and farmworker sectors. Oliphant said proposed changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UIF) Act would give increased benefits to beneficiaries, increase the benefit period from 8 to 12 months, which meant that workers would be paid over a longer period without additional contributions, and give domestic worker maternity benefits. Also, the income replacement rate for women on maternity leave would be increased to 66 percent from 38 percent. Workers would also get adequate time to claim UIF benefits – up from six months to 18 months for death benefits, and to 12 months for other benefits. The UIF continued to play a vital role in creating jobs, Oliphant said, noting that a partnership between the UIF and the Industrial Development Corporation had created 21 234 new jobs and saved 20 161 jobs in 2012/13. The minister said that over the year R30.4-billion had been allocated to Ditsela, the workers’ education institute that builds capacity by training union officials. During 2013/14, she said, more than R8-million would be invested in job creation initiatives in mining beneficiation, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. The Public Investment Corporation had been allocated R3.2-billion to plough into job creation projects. An allocation of R39-million per annum over the next three years would be used to assist companies in distress to save jobs and keep people in employment. Oliphant said her department had received an appropriation of R2.415-billion for 2013/14. The focus of spending over the medium term would continue to be the protection of vulnerable workers, the reintegration of work-seekers into the labour market, and ensuring decent work. However, the first priority in the coming financial year would be to work together to achieve a peaceful environment in labour relations and collective bargaining, Oliphant said. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Man Utd sent scouts to watch Napoli defender Koulibaly at Anfieldby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have sent scouts to watch Napoli defender Kalibou Koulibaly.The Red Devils fell 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool after falling 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.Manager Jose Mourinho is desperate for defensive reinforcements this January and Koulibaly is his number one target.And according to The Sun, United have recently had people in the stands watching the Senegalese centre-back.An Old Trafford source said: “The club had people there and it wasn’t just to run the rule over Liverpool.”They wanted to see what Koulibaly was like against English opposition after watching him a few times in Italy.”He impressed everyone and the need for players at the back has never been more evident.”It is reported that United are willing pay £90m for the 27-year-old. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
FREDERICTON — The director of New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization says the response to this year’s spring flooding is slowly transforming from a response to a recovery operation.“Most regions along the Saint John River should be out of the flood stage by the end of this week,” Greg MacCallum said Tuesday. He said water levels along most of the river are making a slow but steady decline.However, areas between Jemseg and Saint John — along the river’s southern reaches — are expected to remain at or above flood stage until Saturday.But that doesn’t mean the response to the flood is over, he said.“Things start to look like they’re getting back to normal in some places and then you drive five miles and you see a road that you can’t go further on,” MacCallum said. “That’s to be expected.”The Transportation Department confirmed Tuesday that 82 roads remained closed, but many of them are expected to reopen in the next few days.The Trans-Canada Highway was closed to traffic between Oromocto and Riverglade, but local residents as far as Gagetown and Petitcodiac were being allowed to use the highway to get to their homes.Ahmed Dassouki, director of the department’s operations branch, said the entire highway could be reopened this week.He said the water has retreated and most of the debris, such as trees and driftwood, has been removed.However, he said the highway requires an inspection once all the debris has been cleared away.The New Brunswick director of the Canadian Red Cross said while some people have begun returning to their homes, the agency is still housing 433 people in hotels.Bill Lawlor said free household cleanup kits are being distributed, and a fundraising effort has generated $241,000 so far.About 240 soldiers had been helping with the flood response, but that number is now down to 150, and Lt.-Col. Sean French says more soldiers will be returning to Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in the coming days.The public is being advised to boil any well water that may have been contaminated by the floodwaters.MacCallum said there’s still a lot of work ahead, but the weather forecast looks good for the rest of the week.“We will exercise patience and wait for the sun to come out and the waters to recede,” he said.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press
Tina HouseAPTN NewsIt’s been just over two months since Mary Stewart, 55, was taken to a Chilliwack Hospital after saying she was hit by a semi-truck.“I can remember screaming for murder because I was ran over by a truck I remember the wheels hitting me and somebody called 911,” she told APTN News.Since that time, Stewart was promised physio-therapy and medication to help her deal with the pain – but so far nothing.Two weeks ago she was sent to a recovery house in Surrey where she was promised help.But she said there were no services offered.Now she is being cared for by her family.“Thay are racist and they don’t think that we deserve the same treatment as people that dont have brown skin,” said her friend Eddie Julian.Stewart’s ordeal started after she was taken to the Chilliwack emergency room after being hit by a truck.Stewart claims that the physician told her they didn’t see anything wrong in the x-rays, and she said she was released.She said a nurse said that if she didn’t leave, they would call the police.She had no money and no phone. Her partner was with her and they ended up leaving at around 4 am in the rain.“They sent me away in a wheelchair and it was raining outside and they cut me outta my pants so they let me go with no pants just a sheet to cover me I could make it a block and a half I was in so much pain,” she said.She returned to the Chilliwack Hospital the next day after sleeping outside in a wheelchair.Stewart said when she arrived, a nurse said she never should have left the hospital.The x-ray showed her injuries were extensive.“My broken ankles, my broken knees my broken pelvis I have fractures all the way up me left side on my leg I was basically crushed from the bottom down,” she said.Stewart spent nearly a month at the hospital recovering.She said during that time, she experienced racism.Eddie Julian said hospital staff didn’t react well to her story in the media.“One of the nurses at the hospital had look at Mary and said oh I saw your mugshot on the paper and one of Mary’s lawyers happened to be there at the time and she just kinda appalled and she asked if that was me is that what you woulda said about me? and she said no no no,” he said.Officials said they have launched an investigation into what happened at the Chilliwack Hospital.They said it is still ongoing.Stewart said she has hired a lawyer and is considering legal action.
KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local):4:30 p.m.Attempts by developed nations at the U.N. climate talks in Poland to create watertight rules for international carbon emissions trading have prompted new, last-minute demands from Brazil.Officials say the closing meeting at the U.N. climate talks has been delayed until 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) Saturday, prompting a collective groan from delegates.Negotiators from almost 200 countries appeared close to clinching a deal Saturday on the rules that will govern the 2015 Paris climate accord, after two weeks of intense negotiations in Poland.The most recent draft agreement published by the Polish official chairing the meeting set out most of the terms under which countries must report their greenhouse gas emissions and efforts to cut them.Language on increasing efforts to curb climate change was postponed until a U.N. summit in New York in September.___9 a.m.A deal on the rules that govern the Paris climate accord appeared within grasp Saturday, as officials from almost 200 countries worked to bridge remaining differences after two weeks of U.N. talks in Poland.The 2015 Paris Agreement was a landmark moment in international diplomacy, bringing together governments with vastly different views to tackle the common threat of global warming. But while the accord set a headline target of keeping average global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) — or 1.5 C (2.7 F) if possible — much of the fine print was left unfinished.The meeting in Poland’s southern city of Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases — a key factor in man-made climate change — and the efforts they’re taking to reduce them. Poor countries also wanted assurances on financial support to help them cut emissions, adapt to inevitable changes such as sea level rise and pay for damage that’s already happened.n?The Associated Press
Fort NelsonConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing heavy rain.Hail and strong wind gusts are also possible. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake and Watson Lake.The watch says the area could see severe thunderstorms develop Thursday. See the full warning below.10:59 AM PDT Thursday 18 July 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:
The US Fish and Wildlife Service will soon propose a rule to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list in the continental United States. “Recovery of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act is one of our nation’s great conservation successes, with the wolf joining other cherished species, such as the bald eagle, that have been brought back from the brink with the help of the ESA,” a US Fish and Wildlife service spokesperson said. The gray wolf received protection from the ESA in the 1970s, when the population dwindled due to declines in their prey populations and frequent conflict with farmers and ranchers. Today there are estimated to be more than 5,600 gray wolves in the contiguous United States. As a result, the species was delisted in Wyoming in 2017, and hunting for the animals resumed. Gray wolves in Alaska are not protected under the ESA. There are between 7,700 and 11,200 gray wolves in the state. Wolves have never been threatened or endangered in Alaska, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The move to delist has stirred up controversy with conservationists. The Center for Biological Diversity called the proposal “a death sentence for gray wolves across the country.” “The livestock industry and trophy hunters want wolves dead, but we’ll make sure the feds fulfil their obligation to restore wolves across the country,” Collette Adkins, a senior attorney at the Centre, said. On the other hand, the American Farm Bureau Federation supports the decision, saying that farmers will be able to defend their livestock. “Populations have reached critically high numbers in many states, so high, in fact, that wolves are not just preying on livestock, but pushing elk and deer onto US farms and ranches, which leads to even more destruction,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in a statement. A few things have to happen before the species can be officially delisted. “Once the proposed rule has been published in the Federal Register, the public will have an opportunity to comment,” said a US Fish and Wildlife service spokesperson. The Centre of Biological Diversity plans to fight the proposal. “Once again, we’ll take it to the courts and do everything we can to stop this illegal effort to kill wolf protections,” said Adkins. If the species is delisted, the US Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to monitor gray wolf populations for at least five years, according to the Endangered Species Act. This isn’t the first proposal to remove the species from the ESA list. In 2011, they were delisted in the Western Great Lakes area (including Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin) and then relisted again.
New Delhi: Immediately after the formation of newly elected government at the centre, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohon Singh will retire from Rajya Sabha along with another Congress member Santiuse Kujur from the state of Assam.But the question of re-nomination for both them is almost ruled out as the Congress party does not have enough strength to reelect them. Both Dr Singh and Kujur will retire on 16th June of this year. Next, in the month of July, another six members will also retire from the house of elders. All of them were elected from Tamil Nadu. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Congress party does not have enough legislatures in Tamil Nadu to get elected anyone. In this circumstance, the political fate of former Prime Minister is hanging in the balance, sources said. Immediately, there will not be any vacancy from other states. In this circumstance, consecutive five-time elected Dr Singh will be out of the Parliament. It’s not clear whether Dr Singh will prefer to keep himself away from the active role as a parliamentarian. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDuring the course of seat negotiations in Bihar, apparently, BJP had promised to accommodate Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan in Rajya Sabha from Assam. Paswan himself announced this decision in a press conference in Delhi recently. And for that reason, he opted out from contesting in the Lok Sabha poll. But Paswan’s nomination from Asaam appears doubtful as state BJP raised a red flag to accommodate anyone outside the state. Sources close to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal did confirm that BJP president Amit Shah had a discussion with a local party for ensuing RS election. But Paswan’s name was never figured in the discussion. BJP does not want to discuss this issue before the Lok Sabha poll as it might affect ongoing election process, especially in Bihar where ruling NDA has a lot of stakes. Presently in Assam legislative assembly BJP has a strength of 61 members and they have an alliance with AGP which has 14 MLAs and Bodoland People’s Front with 14 MLAs. Congress has only 25 MLAs and they form an understanding with All India Democratic Front, a party of minorities, which has 13 MLAs. By simple arithmetic BJP can wrests both the seats from Congress easily. BJP has already given an assurance to AGP to accommodate one of their members in Rajya Sabha. And second seat from their own. Earlier, once Congress party accommodated Sanjay Sing of UP in Assam which created a lot of dissension within the party. BJP does not want to repeat that exercise. These days sentiments against “outsiders” are running high. In this circumstance, nomination for Paswan will face a lot of opposition in the state.